Balloon sinuplasty, or catheter dilation surgery, is a procedure used by a doctor to clear blocked sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty was approved by the FDA in 2005. Its informal name is the “smart sinus” procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is recommended for patients with chronic sinusitis. It is usually adopted after other non-invasive conservative treatments have failed. Balloon
What is laryngoscopy? Laryngoscopy is an examination that allows your doctor to take a close look at your throat and larynx. Another name for larynx is the voice box. It lies on top of your trachea (windpipe). The health of your larynx is very important because it holds your vocal cords, also called vocal folds.
An allergy is a response by your immune system to a “typically” harmless foreign substance that is present in your body. These substances are known as allergens. Examples of allergens are pollen, certain foods, and pet dander. Your immune system has a specific task. It maintains your body’s health by fighting pathogens. It attacks potentially
What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by involuntary interruption of breathing during sleep. This interruption occurs for brief periods. During normal breathing, air flows smoothly into the lungs. In sleep apnea, this smooth flow of air is interrupted repeatedly throughout the night. This interruption is due to the narrowness of the
Estimates are that 80 percent of all nasal septums are off-center, a condition that is generally not noticed. A “deviated septum” occurs when the septum is severely shifted away from the midline. The most common symptom from a badly deviated or crooked septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. The symptoms are usually worse on
Hearing Tests at Potomac ENT An audiologist will normally start by asking you some questions relating to your hearing, such as how you experience your hearing, if you have been subjected to loud noise or other incidents, if people in your family suffer from hearing loss or whether you hear better in one ear or